(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The Aspire Zone Foundation broke records during the final leg of its third annual Aquathon on Saturday, when 600 people from across Qatar took part in the swimming and running race. Beginning the 2013-2014 Aquathon season with an average of 350 participants, the Aspire event has proven ever more popular, with the number of competitors almost doubling by the end of the five-month race period. "The turnout of 600 participants at the final race of Aspire's third annual Aquathon is testament to its increasing popularity among Qatar's society," said Hamad Al Kubaisi, Senior Public Relations and Events Officer at Aspire Logistics. "At the inauural Aquathon in 2011-2012, we saw just 50 people partake, and so this exponential growth illustrates just how much Aspire has succeeded at engaging the entire community in sports." The Aquathon also provides a first-rate training regime for older athletes who compete in events around the region. Organized by Aspire Logistics, The Aquathon series is an annual Aspire Zone event comprising five stages spread across the winter months. Each competition features a swim in the Aspire Dome pool and a run around Aspire Park, and includes races of varying distances for categories comprising juniors aged eight to 15, adults aged 16 to 39, and veterans aged 40 and over.